Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Steve Smith expressed his joy following a match-winning unbeaten partnership of 152 runs between Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson. Stokes and Samson combined to help RR defeat defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) by a margin of eight wickets in a imperative IPL 2020 league match. The Rajasthan-based franchise used to be handed a stern target of 196 runs, after MI posted a complete of 195 runs for the loss of five wickets. The chase could have proved tricky against a fine bowling attack, whether not for Stokes (107*) and Samson (54*), who ensured a smooth chase, smashing the ball hopefully to all corners of the ground.
The RR skipper stated that he used to be “extremely pleased” following the fine performances by the duo, hailing their gameplay. Stokes scored his second ton in the IPL, with Samson registering his 13th half-century in the tournament.
“Very pleased, that is what we’re crying for, use the experience, take the game deep and that is the reason what both Stokes and Samson did. The wicket used to be playing good, the ball used to be coming onto the bat, there used to be mean – the shots were flowing, they just played good cricketing shots – I thought the partnership used to be improbable,” he said throughout the post-match press convention.
Smith urged the batsmen to take confidence from this chase, and play knocks which could help RR emerge victorious.
“We played some good cricket in the first half, the dropped chance proved to be costly, possibly we ended up giving for free another 40-45 runs, but it didn’t matter in any case. I’m hoping our batters take the confidence from this match and play knocks which will help the team win,” he added.
Earlier, MI posted a complete of 195 runs, on the back of an excellent 21-ball 60 by all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Hardik smashed two boundaries and seven sixes throughout his innings. Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal were the pick of the bowlers for RR, accounting for two wickets apiece.
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